In this lesson we will get into some of the dynamics that made the primitive church so powerful. What the Lord has done in the past are prophesies of what He wants to do again. That thought comes from Charles Spurgeon and it is true. The Lord wants the life of the early church to be in the church of today, regardless of the culture.
We now come in our study of the Gospel of Luke to the hill called The Skull, otherwise known as Golgotha or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. We will see the people mocking Him, but we will also see a wicked man become the first convert of the crucified Savior. This is a moving message so don’t miss it.
This lesson begins with Jesus blessing some babies and little children. This in turn caused the Lord to do some teaching on the absolute necessity to be like little children if we want to enter the Kingdom of God. After this account we will begin digging into the true story of a rich young ruler that sought after Jesus because he wanted to know how to inherit the Kingdom of God. This is a great lesson.
We will begin studying a new account in Luke which is about an expert in the Mosaic Law that tried to entrap Jesus. The Lord turned the table on the lawyer and forced him to answer a question Jesus presented to him. This is a challenging exchange that teaches some important truths on what it means to follow Jesus. This interaction leads into the Parable of the Good Samaritan that we will begin examining at the end of this lesson.
Love and faith are the subjects in this lesson. It is important that we understand these two integral components of Biblical Christianity. Since our salvation is defined and determined by God, it is rather important that we know what He has to say on the matter. Our opinions are of no value when it comes to salvation and eternity.
This lesson comes out of First John 4:19-5:1. John continues his discourse on love and presses home what it means to be a genuine follower of Jesus. One key evidence that we have truly been born again is that we begin to love others like Jesus loves us, which is selflessly and sacrificially. This is a good and timely message.
The apostle John is still pressing home his teaching on love as we study verses 11-15 of the fourth chapter of First John. We will see the necessity of giving evidence that we are genuine followers of Jesus. Confession without a life that proves the validity of our confession is more than worthless, because it can be destructive. But when the true faith is lived out, the benefits are awesome.
In First John 4:4-8 there are two topics that we will examine. The first is a continuation of the subject of our last lesson, which was on John’s teaching about false prophets. The second topic is love, which was probably John’s favorite subject to teach and write on. There’s some good meat at this table, so pull up a chair dig in.
In this lesson the apostle John makes a strong contrast between those who are followers of Jesus and those who are not. The distinction between the two relate to those who live in and through God’s love and those who do not. This is a challenging message that can help every true believer walk nearer to Jesus and help those who are not one of Christ’s disciples to become one.
In Ephesians 5:1-2 Paul told us how we are to live, which is to imitate Christ. Verses three and four from the fifth chapter of Ephesians will define this lesson. These two verses are about what Christians should not do and how they must not live. We need to know both how to live and how not to live if we want to be authentic followers of Jesus.